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Two Ways to Repair and Replace Damaged Baseboard (page 2 of 2)

Learn two ways to fix damaged baseboard molding: how to patch a damaged section and how to repair an outside, mitered corner.

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Reattach Existing Molding

Remove the blocks from behind the baseboard and reattach the existing molding to the wall.

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Measure and Cut New Section

Measure and cut a new section for the gap. Apply wood glue to its mitered ends and adhesive across the back.

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Attach New Section

Position the board, allowing the glue and adhesive to adhere to the baseboard and wall. Drive in nails to strengthen the joints.

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Hot to Repair External Miter (Outside Corner)

Baseboard molding can sometimes crack open and become unsightly. In most cases, this is because the joint was not properly glued and secured in place when it was installed.

Drill pilot holes through the top and bottom of the joint, making sure that you drill into both mitered edges of the corner (image 1). Apply some wood glue to the joint, and wipe away any excess (image 2). Use finish nails through the pilot holes to secure the miter in position or, for larger baseboards or moldings, use thin-gauge screws (image 3).

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